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1 Read the following extracts from the diary of Ellen MacArthur, the youngest person to sail single-handed around the world. Match headings a-g with paragraphs 1-6. There is one heading you do not need.

    a A significant landmark
    b A lapse of concentration
    A lucky escape
    d A strange vision
    e An unscheduled stop
    f A question of practice
    g A nightmare ascent

Ellen's race diary

Day 30 1_________
I awoke with a start from a short nap. I looked out of the window in the cabin and there it was - an iceberg right by the boat. Within seconds I was on deck, and the yacht and I passed within 15-20 metres of the berg, actually sailing through the white water next to it. All I could think of was what would have happened it I had hit it. The radar was alarmed, but as is sometimes the case, the berg was invisible to radar, even when I was right next to it.

Day 53 2__________
I feel quite low now... this is the hardest part for me -putting us in the right place. The worry, the constant fretting, the hours spent staring at a computer screen analysing and reanalysing till you are blue in the face. I guess this is what I lack - the experience of making this kind of decision and standing by it.

Day 66 3___________
I feel overwhelmed. The stress and difficulties of the last few days are melting away and I feel emotional as I approach Cape Horn. The second time for my boat Kingfisher and me together. It's a great symbol for the two of us personally, as the very first time I was ever alone on her was just a few mrles from this famous rock.

Day 80 4____________
I've been hand steering all night, the wind indicator wasn't working properly ... I've been preparing mentally for another climb. I'm tired, but now it's light I have to go and sort it out... [Later] I'm totally exhausted, my leg is black from the bruises. Once I got to the top a rainstorm came over. The wind was all over the place. I just want to cry.

Day 83 5___________
I'm still kicking myself for my mistake three days ago when I fell asleep after climbing the mast, and let the boat head further east. I wanted to be west, but that moment of fatigue lost me that advantage. I can't help thinking where I would be if I'd held that more westerly position.

Day 94 6__________
The wind has switched more south-west so I'm sailing at a good speed. I look at the repair of the sail and pray - I'm surprised that it has lasted this long. I had the weirdest dream last night: we were all doing the race on bicycles! Don't ask me what I'm doing after this race ...

Ellen eventually finished the 2000 Vendee Globe race in second place.


2 Choose the best answer, a, b or c, to complete the sentences.

1 After getting up at 4 a.m. two days running, I was absolutely _________on the third day.
    a knackered      b overwhelmed      outdone
2 If you_________all the time you spend watching TV each week, I'm sure you will be surprised how much it is.
    a add in      b add on      add up
3 Funnily_________, my sister and I have chosen the same present for my mother's birthday.
    a even      b enough      although
4 The pop star has a group of_________fans who go to every concert he gives.
    a involved      b dedicated      concerned
5 Learning an instrument is not just a _________ of liking music - you have to be prepared to practise as well.
    a question      b thought      process
6 Lisa was really upset when she________with her boyfriend.
    a broke in      b broke away      broke up
7 On Fridays, Jackie________her brother from school.
    a picks over      b picks up      picks at
8 If I complain to the manager about this meal, will you ___________
    a help me up      b show me up      back me up
9 After Sue had been waiting for over an hour, her irritation ___________to anger.
    a turned      b went      moved
10 My friend has___________nationality: she's British and American.
    a duo      b dual      double

3 Complete the sentences with one of these phrasal verbs in the correct form.

come about run over break down set
    up get cracking break in hit on take on dress up
1 My little sister loves___________ clothes.

2 The idea of celebrating together in my party when we realised that our birthdays were on the same day.

3 If you want to finish decorating your room today, you'll have to______________straight away.

4 After days of wondering what to give Nick as a present, Ben______________the idea of a ticket to a pop concert.

5 According to the advertisement, the factory is ______________ five new employees.

6 My friend and I want______________an Internet site about national pop groups.

7 I'm sorry but I'm going to be late as the car has

8 The cat was nearly ____________ but luckily the driver stopped just in time.

9 When burglars______________Simon's house, they stole alt his mother's jewellery.


4 Complete the sentences using one of the following adverbs.

    if while because since although after so that
I decided to enter for a half-marathon race 1______________I wanted to set myself a challenge. 2______________ I had never done a lot of running before, I had always enjoyed keeping fit. I got up an hour earlier every day 3______________I could run before leaving for work. Soon it took over my life. I even found I was thinking about running 4_____________I was supposed to be working. Immediately 5______________ the race was over, I said I'd never do it again. That was six months ago. Now I'm training for another one, and want to do a full marathon next year, 6______________I'm fit enough. I'm really glad I took up running again. 7______________ I started training, I've not only made new friends but I feel so much better about myself.

5 Complete the sentences using the correct form of the verbs below.

    tell go realise miss be phone watch
I 1___________a really exciting programme on the TV when suddenly there 2____________a power cut. As soon as I 3____________ what had happened, I 4___________my friend to ask her if I could come over. However, her mother 5____________me that my friend 6____________ to her sister's house, as she also wanted to see the end of the programme. When I finally spoke to my friend later that day, she told me that she 7_____________ the end of the programme as well, as her sister 8_____________something on the other channel, and did not want to switch over!


6 Write an argument (200-250 words) for and against one of the following statements:

1 The use of private cars in towns and cities should be banned.

2 Wild animals should not be kept in zoos.

Remember to:

write a short introduction
write paragraph(s) 'for' the title
write paragraph(s) 'against' the title
summarise your own views
link your ideas appropriately
use an appropriate style


Giving a short presentation

Preparation time: as homework

You have about 2 minutes to present on the topic:

A person that I admire, and why.

Here are some points you could mention:

Test 5 Answers

1 1c 2f 3a 4g 5b 6d
2 1a 2c 3b 4b 5a 6c 7b 8c 9a 10 b
3 1 dressing up / to dress up 2 came about 3 get cracking
4 hit on 5 taking on 6 to set up 7 broken down
8 run over 9 broke into
4 1 because 2 Although 3 so that 4 while 5 after
6 if 7 Since
5 1 was watching 2 was 3 realised 4 phoned 5 told
6 had gone 7 had missed 8 had been watching